I am happy to see that Sepp Blatter, FIFA President, is warning homosexuals to "refrain from any sexual activities" at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. People need such warnings, don't ya know.
Blatter makes a point that it's ok for you to be gay and play or watch football. "We open everything to everybody and I think there shall not be discrimination against any human beings, being on this side or that side, left or right or whatever...You may be assured," he continues, "if people want to watch a match in Qatar in 2022, they will be admitted to matches."
Add to that the concern of certain clergy about the presence of gay people in the military and you have quite the month in the battle to suppress the rights of gay people and subject them to different rules than heterosexuals.
This stuff, of course, is the last gasp in a battle that has been lost. Discrimination is discrimination. Eventually thinking people realize that it diminishes everyone.
Mr. Blatter is above all a politican. He recognizes that blaming Islamic culture for his advice to gay people places him firmly on the fence. He's taking care of gays and Muslims and promoting the gate at the same time. Win-Win-Win, right Mr. Blatter?
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